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Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old Hardcover – January 19, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA (January 19, 2006)
  • ASIN: B001I46S9O
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book really worked for us.
Ava's Mom
Any breastfeeding mom who would try to only feed a baby 4 times in 24 hours, would find her milk supply drying up and a VERY hungry and frustrated baby.
mom of 3 boys
My daughter is now 14 months but she has been sleeping 12 hours through the night since the day I read this book at 8 weeks.
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123 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Miller on March 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because my husband and I were up all night with our 7 month old baby who has only slept through the night (7-8

hours at most) a handful of times since he was born.

He also had to be bounced over and over and over to get him to go to sleep or be breastfed. He only took 30 minute naps during the day, and he took 4-5 naps a day!!! I also have a 2 year old to chase around so I have been a walking zombie for the past 7 months!!

I already tried Weisbluth, Pantley and another sleep book and none of them worked. I read your book and thought that I would at least try putting him on the eating every 4 hour schedule and not letting him fall asleep and then slowly try (maybe) to work on naps and then maybe on the letting him put himself to sleep part. I wasn't at all expecting to be sitting here 4 days later at 8:00 pm with my baby sound asleep (who also put himself to sleep ) typing on the computer! I thought that there was no way that my very needy baby would ever be able to put himself to sleep , to tell you the truth I really wasn't even considering trying!

The first day that I put him on the every 4 hour schedule he ate every

4 hours and took 2 naps at about 2 hours each and them slept for 11 hours only waking once but putting himself back to sleep. Every night since I have crossed my fingers and he has slept 11 to 12 hours straight through. My life feels so much different than it did last week!! He is a new baby and I am a new mom! Just wish I would have read this book earlier! It is short and easy to read, unlike the other books I read that go on & on for 300+ pages.
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140 of 165 people found the following review helpful By AOT on January 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when my first child was born, and applied the concepts after she was 8 weeks old. By 14 weeks, she was sleeping 11-12 hours/night with 2 naps during the day. She wasn't miserable, and I certainly did not starve her. My second child was born last year, and I followed the same plan. She was sleeping 12 hours by 13 weeks - also with two naps during the day. For those who suggest this book is inhumane, the author expressly states that you should not begin sleep training your baby until they are 8 weeks old, and at least 10 pounds AND consuming at least 24 ounces of formula or breastmilk in 24 hours. I will admit that I had better success when I bottle fed my children (I used expressed breastmilk) rather than nursed. You can determine how many ounces your baby is consuming more easily when bottle feeding vs. nursing.

You will achieve sleep success more easily if you are fairly regimented about training, and remain regimented until a schedule is well-established.

So for those reviewers who think that you are supposed to starve your baby for 12 hours at night, you are mistaken. The author does not suggest that at all. For the first 8 weeks of life, the author states that you must feed on-demand. Each baby is different, and you'll need to modify the sleep training techniques for your child, but the overall concept does work, and my children are happy, pleasant and well-rested.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Annie on May 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am an orthopaedic surgeon and used this book in order to sleep train my daughter, which was mandatory for me given my work schedule. I also highly value breastfeeding and was able to exclusively breastfeed my daughter (either nursing in the morning/evening or with pumped milk during the day given via bottle by my mother) until she transferred to whole milk at one year of age. Not once did I ever have to substitute formula for breast milk due to supply issues. I would breastfeed and then pump immediately afterwards in order to freeze the extra breast milk. Additionally at work, I would make time in my schedule in order to pump at the same time that my daughter would normally be nursing. This technique maintained my milk supply, and kept the frozen breast milk stock maintained that my mother needed for the daytime feedings.

Using the techniques in this book, my daughter was sleeping 10 hours through the night at 6 weeks of age. She would take a two-hour morning and two-hour afternoon nap during the day. When we phased out the morning nap around 15 months of age, she extended her nights to about 11-11.5 hours. She is now almost two years old, and her sleep schedule is so engrained that she starts asking for her blanket around 7:30pm in anticipation of her bedtime routine.

Even as a physician myself, I would never assume that I know what is best for every mother-child-family-schedule situation. This book worked very well for me and our family (my husband is a Cardiologist) because we needed a sleep schedule that worked in a timely manner. I was also extremely dedicated to breastfeeding and made nursing/pumping a daily priority in my schedule as well.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By First Time Mom on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read many books prior to having my first child, and this book is the best. It is incredibly clear and easy to follow, with simple instructions and examples. My breastfed baby slept through the night at 8 weeks, and has been doing so ever since. (My son was overdue, and has been in the 90th percentile in size since birth, so he was ahead of others in terms of sleeping and eating.)

One GROSS and major omission in this book, which I find a little irresponsible, is it does not address the supply issue for breastfeeding moms. My 5 month old is on 100% breastmilk, and at 9 weeks my supply could no longer keep up with his demand only nursing 4 times a day. I solved this problem by pumping after the baby was asleep at night, and giving him the additional milk via bottle during the day. I nurse first, then give him the bottle. This system has worked perfectly, and I have more than enough milk. However, this needs to be addressed in the book, otherwise breastfeeding is doomed and the writers have done mothers a disservice.

Overall, this book gave us both security and peace, easily creating a daily routine where both our needs are met. I did not subject my baby to long crying jags, (the book does not recommend more that 5 or 10 minutes), and he has continued to grow far ahead of normal, so the 4 daily feedings clearly have not been a health issue. I would give it 5 stars if it better addressed breastfeeding.
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